The Good: Son of the Bride covers a lot of ground. Director Juan Jose Campanella takes on a number of issues about aging, love, divorce, friendship, and marriage. And I must say that all the topics are well explored. Nothing about the film feels incomplete, and it could have very easily went in way too many directions.
The cast is superb. Ricardo Darin is amazing once again, slipping so easily into his role. It's certainly a treat to see him onscreen with the renown Hector Alterio.
There are several genuinely moving scenes, and plenty of good humor. This usually happens during several monologues that Ricardo Darin gives at various parts in the film. Campanella went on to direct the Oscar winning The Secret in their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos), which is also superb.
The Bad: The beginning is a little slow, and doesn't make a positive impact right away. Also, the humor is a little hit-or-miss during the first half.
Who would like this film: Son of the Bride is geared more towards people who are at least in their late 30s and older. Although anyone in the world can pretty much follow the story, those who have had more life experience (or have been bitten by life) will find more meaning in the film's themes.
It's a slow, and often emotionally heavy film that's full of substantive drama and depth. I really wish I could write more, but am afraid I'd give too much away. For those interested in learning Spanish, it'd be good to familiarize yourselves with Argentinean slang and portions of the lunfardo dialect.
(3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars)
Review written by: Joe Yang